Ecuadorean Santiago Quintero, who defines himself as a “living miracle,” plans to be the first mountaineer in the world to crown the “unpredictable” K2 with leg prostheses and without supplemental oxygen.
Quintero, 41, has no limits despite his passion for mountaineering put him on the edge of these amputations above his ankles because his feet when he reached the summit of the Aconcagua on January 31, 2002.
Being in intensive care after climbing Mount Everest in 2013 has neither deterred him.
Two weeks after reaching the summit of the Aconcagua, the highest peak of America (6,962 m altitude), he traveled to Spain. He remained nine months in a hospital in Zaragoza, where on March 18, 2002 “doctors had to amputate more than half of the right foot and the left half,” Quintero told AFP.